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Wash sits on the steps leading down to the bridge foredeck, feet splayed wide, one arm settled loosely atop his knees.

The yoke's locked in place. The autopilot light gleams.

A bottle of wine that some person or other swiped from Milliways -- he doesn't know who, and doesn't particularly care -- rests next to him. Every so often, he picks it up and takes a swig.

Date: 2006-04-14 07:34 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] badinlatin
Mal likes to swipe wine from Milliways every once in awhile. He hardly ever actually asks for a bottle of Ng Ka Pe - Ng Ka Pe being way too disgusting to be worth bottling - but sometimes a nice 21st century Earth-that-Was red wine is nice. For Inara, of course.

This 'of course' is, naturally, being ruined by Wash and his thievery. Not that Mal particularly cares, he was coming for the bottle anyway.

"Ain't willing to invite me, I see," Mal calls to Wash, walking up the three remaining steps to the bridge from the main corridor.

Date: 2006-04-14 08:00 pm (UTC)
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Mal approaches and picks up the bottle, gesturing with the neck of it toward the view.

"Better sights than last time you and I were allowed alone with a bottle o' booze. Weren't that time sitting on bales o' hay or some such? And there were horses, and you kept stealing my flask."

His train of thought is cut off by a long draught of the wine - actually sweet, which Mal likes. Different than what he's used to.

Date: 2006-04-14 08:55 pm (UTC)
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Feel the dour, Wash.

"'Fraid I'll leave that duty to the pregnant right-hand woman, so she can deal with me not being able to be captainly when I finish this wine by myself."

Mal also mutters something like, 'Not that I captain a lot anyway around here anymore'.

Date: 2006-04-14 10:39 pm (UTC)
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"Last I checked, it was my wine. Stole it fair and square."

He still gives back the bottle anyway.

"And I didn't say nothin'."

Date: 2006-04-15 11:36 am (UTC)
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"Didn't say nothin' worth repeating," Mal corrects. "But if I were to repeat it, I'd need somethin' stronger 'n wine."

Mal stands then, disappearing into the corridor. Wash can probably hear Mal descending into his bunk, returning a minute later with a familiar flask.

"So. Repeating. If I were to repeat myself, it'd probably sound like 'It's not like I captain a lot around here anymore'. Probably."

Date: 2006-04-16 05:54 pm (UTC)
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"That she has."

Swig of something from the flask that makes even Mal's tastebuds rebel in self-defense.

"...Came to borrow duct tape. Among other topics o' conversation, Niska came up. And Crowley."

Date: 2006-04-18 07:38 am (UTC)
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"Yup. Got the details worked out and everything."

Mal can't sense Wash's bitterness through his own.

"Kaylee told me to...how'd she say it...'not be like that'."

Date: 2006-04-20 08:51 pm (UTC)
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"I think it was more 'Don't be mad that I went around you to make plans about someone you want dead just 'cause I think you'd get yourself dead in the process."

Date: 2006-04-20 09:17 pm (UTC)
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A hand goes up to the skin under the right shoulder of his shirt, feeling a scar there.

"Ain't harmless," he utters darkly.

Date: 2006-04-20 09:51 pm (UTC)
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After Wash, Zoe understands it the most, to Mal's mind.

Not that she knows what Wash does about it, now.

"Can't do a whole lot more o' this, Wash," Mal starts off. "Red. Niska. Somethin' needs to go good and it needs to go good soon, and I need to help it go good or else I might as well ruttin' resign."

Date: 2006-04-20 10:05 pm (UTC)
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"I know. I ain't ever leavin'."

Swig. Then a hollow sound - Mal's flask is empty.

"I love her. Gotta keep her safe."

Mal has way too many 'hers' in his brain to specify which one this sentence refers to.

Date: 2006-04-20 10:54 pm (UTC)
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Mal takes the bottle gratefully.

"...I'm all about not dying. Again. Just...you know."

Mal has no clue if Wash actually does know, but articulation is not one of his strong suits at the moment.

Date: 2006-04-21 09:33 am (UTC)
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"Don't worry about it," Mal cuts off Wash's questioning glance.

"I'll figure everything out. Eventually."

Even if Kaylee doesn't think he will.

Date: 2006-04-21 07:23 pm (UTC)
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"What is on your agenda? 'Sides dealin' with Zoe for the next month?"

Mal does not envy Wash, with this.

Date: 2006-04-21 07:54 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] badinlatin
Bullet'd work better. Probably won't get a chance now.

"Next time we want to get drunk, we need better liquor. That way, Inara'll have a...a harder time pickin' up on what 'd been consuming."

Date: 2006-04-21 08:15 pm (UTC)
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"No. 'S mine. Why? Does that make a difference?"

Does Wash not have problems with taking Mal's things over Inara's?

:O!

Date: 2006-04-23 05:27 pm (UTC)
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"Can't handle confusion when you're sober, neither."

Date: 2006-04-23 06:02 pm (UTC)
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"Yeah, we're done with the alcohol for the evening," Mal surmises, adding 'Obvious' to his list of 'Captain' nicknames.

"Autopilot's set for the night, yeah?"

Date: 2006-04-23 06:14 pm (UTC)
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"No. But Zo' might come up and hunt you down if you don't."




"Not that I'm necessarily goin' nowhere either."

Mal likes it up here too.

Date: 2006-04-23 06:35 pm (UTC)
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Wash gets glared at.

"The last time I tried to give Zoe an order when I's inebriated, I ended up with a black eye. From her."

Date: 2006-04-23 06:39 pm (UTC)
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"You want me to follow in her footsteps I see," Mal quips, with no real force as he stands in the most wobbly manner possible.

Date: 2006-04-23 06:48 pm (UTC)
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"...be wantin' to see that? Okay. Eventually. When you stop spinnin'."

Mal makes it to a locker, throwing a blanket from inside it at Wash's head.

"I'm goin' to bed, Washburne. You shiny over there?"

Date: 2006-04-23 07:25 pm (UTC)
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"I'm 'a regret tellin' you that, I think," Mal muses.

"Good night, Wash," he calls back, going to go fall over in his bunk.

The 'Ow' discernable in the hallway may be Mal hitting his head against the top of the hatch to his bunk.

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